The Porsche factory in Leipzig is now a major centre for electromobility

At the beginning of July 2018, the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG took the decision to produce the next generation of Macan at the Leipzig site, earmarking investment totalling more than 600 million euros over the next few years in order to extend the site.

In addition to expanding capacity, the factory extension will make it possible, in future, for electric cars to be produced on the existing assembly line. The first model to roll off the line in Leipzig is scheduled to be the Macan, with fully electric drive based on Premium Platform Electric (PPE architecture).

“The decision to produce the next generation of the Macan in Leipzig represents a huge vote of confidence in the employees there” Gerd Rupp, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH

The foundation stone for the new body shop was laid in an official ceremony in March 2019. Axle pre-assembly will also be integrated during the course of the extension; this is expected to create more than 100 highly skilled jobs.

“The decision to produce the next generation of the Macan in Leipzig represents a huge vote of confidence in the employees there, and the factory extension also means Porsche will have a pivotal role in shaping electromobility in Saxony. It all means that Porsche will remain a forward-looking economic powerhouse in the region,” notes Gerd Rupp, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH.

This is the fifth extension of the former assembly plant, which in 2014 had a body shop and paint shop added and thereby becoming a plant for full production of the first generation of Macan. The extension follows on from two expansion phases: back in 2004, Porsche added a separate manufacturing area for Carrera assembly, two years after production started. This was followed in 2009 by construction of a production hall and logistics centre for the first generation of the Panamera. From 2016, the fourth expansion phase came with the decision to move all production for the next Panamera generation to Leipzig, as well as the creation of an additional body shop and a quality centre at the site in Saxony.

More than 4,400 employees currently work at Porsche Leipzig

A total of around 550 Macan compact SUV vehicles and Panamera sports car saloons are currently produced at the Leipzig factory every day. 1,270 Carrera GT cars were also built here as a limited edition between 2003 and 2006. The first model off the Leipzig line was the Porsche Cayenne, with a total of 738,503 units produced between 2002 and 2017.

More than 4,400 employees currently work at Porsche Leipzig. Since 2003, Porsche has trained automotive mechatronics engineers, industrial mechanics as well as mechatronics engineers and tool mechanics in collaboration with Porsche Werkzeugbau GmbH in Schwarzenberg. Starting in 2023, the job of electronic technician for industrial engineering will also be offered. Every year, 30 young people successfully complete their training or dual studies at Porsche in Leipzig. 2017 saw the construction of a new training facility on the factory premises in Leipzig.

Milestones in the factory’s history


Ground-breaking ceremony and first staff appointed


Customer centre topping-out ceremony


Opening of the Porsche Leipzig factory and start of Cayenne production


Start of Carrera GT production


First factory extension


Production of the 100,000th Cayenne


Factory extension for Panamera production


500th employee appointed


Start of Panamera production


Start of second-generation Cayenne production


Factory extension for Macan production


Production of the 500,000th Porsche in Leipzig


Start of Macan production


Factory extension for second-generation Cayenne production


Extended circuit opened


Start of full, second-generation Cayenne production


New training centre opened


Macan model update


Start of the fifth factory extension

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